AIDS groups defend healthcare law

By Sam Baker – 06/24/11 01:46 PM ET

Healthcare cuts and hurdles to implementing healthcare reform would undermine major steps toward increasing HIV and AIDS testing, advocates and congressional Democrats said Friday.

Combating HIV and AIDS requires more people to get tested. “It also means protecting the Affordable Care Act,” said Julie Scofield of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors.

She said the healthcare law, particularly its dedicated fund for prevention and public health programs, is critical to increasing AIDS testing and treatment.

Congressional Democrats made the same point during a news conference Friday to encourage AIDS testing.

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